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Postgraduate study at Huddersfield 2017/18

Music and Music Technology

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WELCOME Joining our postgraduate community opens up many exciting possibilities for study and collaboration, whether you are a composer, a performer, a musicologist, a technologist, or an analyst. Our expertise runs from medieval music to the latest trends in composition (acoustic and computer-based), with research centres in historical and contemporary performance practice; music, gender and identity; new music; popular music; and music and the moving image. You will develop your own work in a supportive environment with outstanding resources, such as the iconic Creative Arts Building (CAB), St Paul’s Hall and the British Music Collection. A stimulating array of visiting performers and speakers, annual international festivals such as the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (hcmf//) and Electric Spring, workshops, conferences and research seminars supplements our invigorating musical scene.

Professor Rachel Cowgill Head of Music and Drama

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Whether taking a Master’s degree or a PhD, you’ll work alongside staff with international reputations as experts in their fields. You’ll be part of an inspirational, challenging, dynamic and multidisciplinary research environment. Our staff cover a diverse range of specialisms – including popular music, music and gender, medieval music, interactive computer music, 18th and 19th Century musicology, music theory and analysis, experimental and improvised music, performance practices of the 18th to the 21st Centuries, opera and music for film and television. Their expertise extends to innovative work with technologies, including three-dimensional sound spatialisation, spectral audio processing, convolution reverb, and custom DSP instrument design. There are many opportunities to participate in performance and composition masterclasses and workshops with distinguished visiting international musicians. Performers are taught by experienced soloists and professionals from national orchestras, and participate in our ensembles and concerts series.

As part of our integrated research community you’ll be based in the purpose-built Creative Arts Building (CAB) with many opportunities for collaborative working with your peers and colleagues. There you’ll find extensive practice facilities, percussion, organ and early music studios, and the Phipps Concert Hall, which is linked to a Pro Tools recording studio with two live rooms. Our professionally equipped technology facilities feature 5.1 composition studios, octophonic Pro Tools studios, stereo overdub suites with recording booths and live interactive sound space. St Paul’s Hall, our main performance space, is a converted Georgian church with a three-manual tracker organ. The extensive Music Library complements the unique British Music Collection, housed in our purpose-built Heritage Quay archive, and includes scores and recordings by composers such as Britten, Tippett, Weir, Cage and Birtwistle, as well as lesser-known composers.

Contemporary music is at the heart of what we do and we are proud recipients of The Queen’s Anniversary Prize which recognises that. The University is home to the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and one of the leading electronic music studios in the UK, with two Science Research Investment funded experimental electronic music resources - the 25.4-channel SPIRAL digital spatialisation laboratory and the 48-channel Huddersfield Immersive Sound System (HISS).

Three reasons to choose Music and Music Technology at Huddersfield




In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), 85% of music research at Huddersfield was judged to be internationally excellent. All our teaching staff are members of the Higher Education Academy*.

Our vibrant and flexible programme encourages interdisciplinary and collaborative research, supporting your unique interests.

The £15m Creative Arts Building contains some of the largest and most extensive professional, industry-standard facilities in music higher education in Europe.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

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Music and Music Technology research at Huddersfield

Music and Music Technology research at Huddersfield

We have one of the largest Music and Music Technology postgraduate communities in the UK, with over 100 students representing numerous fields of study and more than 20 different countries.

“My supervisor Dr Julio d’Escrivan always tries to help me both as his student and as an artist in the same field. He has been connecting me with various specialist musicians to show my work professionally and this year suggested I perform my interactive dance piece at the annual electronic music festival, Electric Spring.

Music and Music Technology are proud recipients of the 2015 Queen’s Anniversary Prize, awarded for ‘world-leading work to promote, produce and present contemporary music to an international audience’.

It was a fantastic experience for me to present my work with the HISS system. Seeing my visual work on the gigantic screen was astonishing.”

The 2014 REF judged 85% of music research to be internationally excellent, with 44% ranked as ‘world-leading’. Its research environment tied for 7th in the sector, and impact 5th amongst the 84 submissions in music, drama, dance and performing arts. The University of Huddersfield is home to a vibrant, diverse, international, and innovative group of music researchers. Our staff are recognised as leading figures in their fields, as evidenced by major commissions, performances, recordings, and publications. Our international postgraduate community is an enviable mix of national and international students which includes early career researchers who are already making significant contributions as composers, performers, technicians, engineers, and musicologists. Depending on your area of interest, you’ll be an active participant in events such as the Historically Informed Performance festival; or as a contemporary musician, working in some of the best equipped studios in the UK, you’ll contribute to projects such as creating new commercial software. As a musicologist, you could be involved in conferences such as ‘Operatic Immersions‘, organised by the Northern Opera Research Network.

Jung In Jung Music PhD

Whatever your area of interest, as a postgraduate at Huddersfield you’ll belong to a research centre that will support you in your studies, which provides opportunities for collaboration within our integrated research community. Our research centres The Centre for Research in New Music (CeReNeM) comprises worldleading artists and academics who bring an interdisciplinary perspective to research into contemporary music performance, composition, musicology and new sonic media, publishing in the areas of interactive sound design and analysis, spatialisation, improvisation, new notations, musical perception, intercultural aesthetics, and multimedia work. The Centre for the Study of Music, Gender and Identity (MuGI) explores the relationship between music, identity and representation in diverse cultural and chronological contexts. Recent initiatives include projects to improve access to training in music technology with girls and women.

“The University of Huddersfield offers an exceptional environment for studying and creating electronic music. As a composer and programmer, I find it inspiring to be part of a team seeking meaningful connections between the technical and the aesthetic. Postgraduate study here gives you the opportunity to explore this relationship, whether your area is composition, interactive technologies, digital signal processing, creative programming or musicology. It also gives you access to world-class equipment and facilities, including a large multichannel speaker system (HISS) and a 3D spatialisation Lab (SPIRAL).” Dr Alex Harker Lecturer in Music Technology

The Huddersfield Centre for Performance Research (HuCPeR) explores all aspects of performance practices from the 18th to the 21st Century. Research projects include The Bach Violin Project, and John Cage ‘Concert for Piano and Orchestra’ led by Professor Philip Thomas. The Popular Music Studies Research Group takes a broad and inclusive approach to the study of popular music, with research focusing on areas including folk, commercial and dance music, as well as aspects of ethnomusicology. The Sound.Music.Image.Collaboration Research Centre provides a hub for students and researchers working on audiovisual media projects as technologists, composers or musicologists , and includes unique research into collaboration and creativity in the arts. Recent projects include the Sound and Music Documentary Film conference. You can find out more about all our research work by going to

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Music MA by Research

The University of Huddersfield is home to a vibrant, diverse, international, and innovative group of music researchers.



1 year full-time 2 years part-time

3 years full-time 6 years part-time

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• An Honours degree (2:1) from a UK university or a qualification of an equivalent standard, in a discipline appropriate to that of the proposed programme to be followed.

• A Master’s degree or an honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed, or appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.

For detailed course information, including entry requirements and fees and financial support information, please visit

Performance – performance, historical performance, brass band music, contemporary music, improvisation, conducting. Musicology – historical musicology, critical musicology, film musicology, cultural musicology, music theory and analysis, popular music studies, contemporary musicology and analysis. Composition and Music Technology – composition, live electronics, interactive technologies, improvisation, sound art, installations, popular music composition, sound design, multimedia, music for film. The MA by Research is unique in its flexibility, including opportunities for all aspects of music making, and is particularly suitable for students with multidisciplinary interests.

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Our international postgraduate student community includes early career researchers who are already making significant contributions as composers, performers, technicians, engineers, and musicologists. We offer supervision in Performance, Musicology, Composition and Music Technology, Film, Multimedia and Collaboration.

Whether you choose to specialise in performance, composition, musicology, music technology or an interdisciplinary combination of approaches, you’ll receive dedicated group and one-to-one teaching in your specialist area, together with the support and resources you’ll need to pursue your own unique research projects.

Some of the areas that you could choose to focus on – or combine – include:



Our MA by Research programmes offer a unique way to combine the taught content and supervisory support of a traditional Master’s course with the flexibility and dynamism of a tailor-made research degree.

Our research philosophy means that you are in control of your own project, and the way you work on it, and your assessment. You receive 6 to 8 hours of postgraduate taught content per week, in addition to regular workshops, masterclasses and concerts. Our integrated research community gives you the environment in which to work on individual projects, or to collaborate across the disciplines contained within our research groups.

Music PhD

“Tutors helped me apply to UK and international conferences, including the Royal Music Association’s Research Students’ conference, and the Utrecht Ludomusicology Conference.”

You’ll be part of a thriving, national and international postgraduate community and will be supported by a supervisory team of at least two academics, as well as by a series of weekly research seminars and workshops, colloquium sessions, and a Music and Music Technology Research lecture series. Students in Performance receive 16 hours of individual instrumental tuition per year.

You will be affiliated to one of our five research centres, which provides you with opportunities for collaboration, exchange and dissemination.

For detailed course information, including entry requirements and fees and financial support information, please visit

For more information on our postgraduate research community, visit

Dr Frédéric Dufeu Research Fellow in Music and Music Technology, working in the SPIRAL digital spatialisation laboratory.

Jennifer Smith Music MA by Research

The Queen’s Anniversary Prize 2015. Awarded for “world-leading work to promote, produce and present contemporary music to an international audience”. 9

Music Performance Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip)

AT A GLANCE Duration •1  year full-time

Entry requirements • Admission is available to Honours graduates in Music and holders of graduate diplomas in Music. You should have achieved a standard of vocal or instrumental performance equivalent to that of the LRSM Performers’ Diploma.

In the Creative Arts Building you’ll study in a contemporary learning environment on professional standard equipment, supported by staff with a blend of industry experience and research excellence.

For detailed course information, including entry requirements and fees and financial support information, please visit

If you’re not looking for a research degree, but are looking for a high standard of performance teaching and opportunities, the Postgraduate Diploma allows you to pursue an intensive programme of specialist training in performance, supported by academic study. You take three core modules: Recital – with your teacher you’ll work on a detailed study of a programme of recital pieces, developing the appropriate technical abilities, interpretation and methods of presentation. You’re assessed through two recitals, the first in January and the second in June/July. Performance Studies – you attend a series of lectures, seminars and workshops which explore the analytical and critical issues confronting all performers, aimed at enabling you to develop and articulate your own independent and original interpretative approaches. Applied Performance – to help you develop your performance skills and acquire additional, complementary skills, you select two areas of applied performance from such topics as chamber music, directed ensembles, keyboard skills and others. Assessment is via two 20-minute performances and a 3,000 word portfolio.

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“The ideal environment to study music performance, supported by outstanding resources and surrounded by high-level, innovative music-making at staff and student level.” Dr Emily Worthington Lecturer in Music Performance



The University of Huddersfield offers a diverse and vibrant student environment. Located on one campus site, you’ll have access to a wide range of learning resources and social amenities.


You can’t help but be inspired by our location. There’s innovative new buildings and converted mills alongside a canal, tree lined towpath walk and old bridges, and the beautiful Creative Arts Building, which is home to Music and Music Technology.

Library The Library offers a productive environment with spaces across the five floors to reflect the way you work. We also provide online access to an extensive range of library resources, from wherever you are, providing flexibility for those times when you can’t make it onto campus. If you are returning to study from work or raising a family it may have been a few years since you were in an academic library; our librarians will help you get the most out of the facilities and are on hand to help you find and access a huge amount of learning material. Student Central Student Central is a £22.5m hub that combines access to the Library, computing, sport, leisure and eating space all under one roof. Our fully equipped sports facilities, run by Team Hud, feature a state-of-the-art gym, badminton courts and studios which host over 60 classes per week. The ground floor of Student Central is home to our support services including, careers, finance and international support. On the first floor you’ll find our Students’ Union offering opportunities to get involved in the social life of the University. 13


APPLY TO US We hope you’ve found all the information you need to inspire you to continue your journey as a postgraduate student here at Huddersfield. Now all you need to do is apply. You can make an online application for full-time courses, both taught and research. Simply visit howtoapply and complete our online application form.

If you’d like to speak with us about a specific course or would like to discuss part-time options, please see the ‘Get in Touch’ section below. Our tutors and course teams would love to chat with you about your interests and ambitions.



We look forward to hearing from you.

GET IN TOUCH Course enquiries

Admissions team

School of Music, Humanities and Media

Tel. 01484 473969 Email.

01484 472375 @hudds_uni_music

Research team Tel. 01484 473503 Email.

University of Huddersfield Music

Important Information – This brochure is provided for information only and will not form part of your student contract. For full, up to date details on our courses, including when and how that information may change, visit our website at

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Music and Music Technology 2017/18 Postgraduate Guide  

The complete guide to postgraduate Music and Music Technology at the University of Huddersfield. (2017/18 Edition)